Two rival powerhouse teams vying to overhaul the 52-acre Miami Beach Convention Center district made their final day-long presentations before the city commission and the public Tuesday.
Tishman Hotels and Realty and Portman-CMC are battling for a chance to renovate the center, and both teams would split the cost of the mega-project between public and private funds.
Portman-CMC's vision includes a large public square that will link the convention center with surrounding businesses and residences and extend to Lincoln Road. It would be a mix of green spaces, and retail and cultural centers.
The Jackie Gleason Theater is being renovated as part of the plan and a hotel and re-designed parking lots would be added.
The ultimate goal is to accommodate Miami Beach residents, businesses and tourists year-round, said Portman Holdings Vice Chairman Jack Portman.
Tishman Hotels and Realty was expected to make its presentation Tuesday afternoon. Their plan is expected to include a hotel on top of an expanded convention center and includes several plazas and other open spaces, as well as a renovated Jackie Gleason Theater.
The public will have an opportunity to ask questions and make comments after each team delivers its presentation. The Miami Beach Commission will select a winner in June to move the project further.